Review: The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty

Title: The Fifth Letter

Author: Nicola Moriarty

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

Four friends. Five Letters. One Secret.

The scandalous breakthrough novel from Nicola Moriarty that will leave you asking, how well do I really know my friends?

Joni, Trina, Deb and Eden.

Best friends since the first day of school. Best friends, they liked to say, forever.

But now they are in their thirties and real life – husbands, children, work – has got in the way. So, resurrecting their annual trip away, Joni has an idea, something to help them reconnect.

Each woman will write an anonymous letter, sharing with their friends the things that are really going on in their lives.

But as the confessions come tumbling out, Joni starts to feel the certainty of their decades-long friendships slip from her fingers.

Anger. Accusations. Desires. Deceit.

And then she finds another letter. One that was never supposed to be read. A fifth letter. Containing a secret so big that its writer had tried to destroy it. And now Joni is starting to wonder, did she ever really know her friends at all?

The Review

I love friendship novels, especially when the friendship has gone awry.

That is the case with the four friends in Nicola Moriarty’s The Fifth Letter. Joni, Trina, Deb and Eden have all met up for their annual get together; the one time of year where they can all be together and rekindle their friendship. As everyone knows, sustaining a friendship as you get older can be difficult but these four are trying their hardest.

When it is revealed that they all have dark secrets the girls begin to wonder if you can ever really truly know someone, even when that person is your best friend.

The Fifth Letter is a truly gripping novel of the complexities of friendship and how sometimes things cannot be sustainable. It is creepy in parts and a genuine entertaining mystery. Just when you think you have it all figured out Nicola Moriarty pulls the rug from beneath your feet.

The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty is available now.

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